“So, what do you do for fun?”

If you struggle to think of an answer to this question, now’s the time to think about what you want to be doing with your free time.

While hobbies are ultimately up to your interpretation, a constructive hobby is one that involves the active practice or education of some sort of skill.

While you aren’t forbidden from the occasional Netflix binge, finding a hobby that requires more active thought can provide a variety of benefits. Having an active hobby can make you a more productive, happy person. Highlighted below are the other areas that can improve with new hobbies.

You’ll do better at work

Kevin Eschleman, an assistant professor of psychology at San Francisco State, performed a study revealing that creative hobbies can lead to a 15-30 percent increase in work quality. Having a hobby can also make you feel less stressed during the day and can allow you to focus your recharged energy on performing well at work.

You’re defining what makes you different 

Hobbies make for engaging conversations and can create connections with those you share it with (including your coworkers). If you’ve recently picked up guitar lessons, you share something in common with your coworkers who also play an instrument. Your hobbies define how you’re different than your peers and can often lead to unexpected opportunities.

You could save (or make) extra money

Whether you’re hand carving furniture or planting a garden to trim your grocery bill, your hobbies could pay off right away and help bolster your budget. While your hobby may not lead to a full-time career, in many cases, it can be a smart way to make or save money while furthering your new passion(s).

You’re challenging your mind to think differently

When you take on a new hobby, you aren’t an expert overnight. By learning the ins and outs about a topic you’re unfamiliar with, you’re exercising your brain and challenging yourself in new ways. Hobbies like learning to play an instrument or immersing yourself in a new language can help improve your creative and cognitive intelligence.

Hobbies are about so much more than just killing time. They’re about setting aside a piece of the day that is just for you. They allow you to collect yourself so that you can be great at work or school. The hardest part? Figuring out which ones to pursue.